Martin Luther King once said that we are not makers of history, but that we are made by history. So, it stands to reason that the key to understanding the present is to look backward. And you certainly couldn’t have chosen a better place than Cambridge for your history summer course. The city’s university alumni are as diverse as it is impressive. One of the most controversial figures in British political history, Oliver Cromwell studied at Cambridge. Heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, also studied history here – and was in fact the first Royal to get a degree.
From the decline of the Roman Empire to the cold war shenanigans that led our planet to the brink of self-destruction, the teaching methods on this course will engage you with the past in a way you never thought possible.
From age 16 to 24, our history summer courses in Cambridge are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
What do previous students have to say about studying this history summer course in Cambridge? Find out right here…
You will be lucky enough to learn from some of the best historians on this Cambridge-based summer course in history.
As the study of political, social and economic structures, history is a vast subject. As the home of many academics and writers in the field, you’ll be learning from some of the best tutors right here in Cambridge. The subject is taught in the time-tested manner of the respected tutorial method used by Cambridge University, which is based around a more intimate learning experience rather than a rigid, pre-established syllabus.
The small group sizes mean that subjects can be agreed between the student and tutors, leading to a much more fulfilling experience. So whatever your specific interests – be it ancient, medieval or modern – you will benefit from a history syllabus that is tailored more towards you.
Dr Gerald MakoBIO
Dr. Gerald Mako studied History at Cambridge where now he is working on his PhD in Development Studies; trained as a specialist in Central Asian history his research focuses on conversion to Islam/Christianity/Judaism and Soviet/Russian policymaking. Aside from publishing two dozen articles and presenting more than 25 papers across the globe he has also been teaching extensively at the University and is now in the process of setting up his own firm in the education&tech industry.
Kimron Flicker graduated with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Psychology from Tel Aviv University and an MPhil in Development Studies from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. She worked for three years as a private tutor in Tel Aviv, Israel and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her main research interests are Middle Eastern politics and social history.
Max Long is a graduate student at Cambridge University, where he is studying for an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature. His interests lie in technology, the environment and the role of emotion in the process of artistic creation. His dissertation will explore the work of Anna Kavan and Patrick Hamilton, although next year he will begin a PhD in the early history of natural history filmmaking. Max’s work is strongly interdisciplinary; he graduated with a First Class in History from Oxford, and spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, before spending two months learning German at Middlebury College, Vermont, as a Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow. He has also cycled the Iron Curtain Trail in Germany, and tutored students at a Prison in New Jersey.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"The best part of my classes here would be the insight they’ve provided towards looking at history from different perspectives, and how important it is to properly gauge the usefulness of a source in your given essay."
"The academic support I had during my time in Oxford Summer Courses was incredible, my tutor Professor James Harris was by far the best tutor I’ve ever had"
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